On Friday, Barcelona announced the shock resignation of Tito Vilanova due to his battle with cancer after just one season in charge in which he won the La liga Title after taking over from Pep Guardiola.
Barcelona are renowned for promoting their own for this top job when Franck Rijkaard left in 2007. Barcelona promoted Pep Guardiola who was then at that time was coaching Barcelona B team.Guardiola won record 14 titles with barcelona in short span of time.
Tito Vilanova was his assistant and when Guardiola left Barca they promoted Vilanova from assistant manager to Manager.
So we can say that the appointment of Gerardo Martino who is also known as TATA comes as a surprise considering he never managed in Europe but he has management experience in Paraguay and in Argentina.He recently led Newell old boys to Argentine Clausaura title.
Gerardo Martino is a 50 year old Argentine,capped once by his country. He managed several club sides in several countries in South America. He is also been successful with Paraguay leading them to the quarterfinals in 2010 world before losing to eventual winners Spain.Paraguay’s best performance ever in the world cup.He also led them to Coppa America finals before losing to Uruguay 3-0 in the finals. He was also voted South American coach of the year in 2007.
Many names were linked for top Barcelona job Luis Enrique, Micheal Laudrup, Andre Villas Boas , Franck Dr boer and Guus Hindink who recently resigned from Anzhi makhachakla. Among them Luis Enrique was also favoruite to take Barcelona managerial job.
Luis Enrique is fan favourite man who also played for Barcelona as a player and also managed Barcelona B team in segunda division after Pep Guardiola was promoted to Manager for Barcelona team. But he recently signed for Celta Vigo so it was difficult for him to leave that post.
Gerardo Martino comes from Rosario which is also known to be the home town of Messi. Recently Messi also backed Gerardo martino to be Manager of Barcelona . He is a fan ohis possession base game style and Spanish media also reporting that Barcelona appoint Martino to keep Messi happy.
Time will tell whether the appointment of Gerardo Martino is good For Barcelona or not. Because he has to Manage some big players at barca. There will definately be a pressure on him.